Blogger Saucy Dressings is coming to FBC for the first time this year. She lives deep in the English countryside in a house with a dog and an Aga and loves cooking. We wanted to find out more…
I’m most looking forward to meeting other bloggers, hearing about their experiences, what works for them, and what doesn’t.
Is blogging your full time job?
Blogging is not my full time job – by day I’m a marketing director. I’m married with a grown-up family and a dog. When I have a spare second I enjoy sketching. I don’t have many relationships in the industry, but there are some bloggers I really admire and some artisan food and drink producers who have been a guest blogger on my site.
How has blogging changed your life and what’s your ultimate blogging dream?,
Blogging has made my life positively frantic! I would like to build up the readership in a more interactive way, support Foodzube, and yes… a cookbook would be fun.
What’s your signature dish?
How do you shop for food?
I live in the middle of the English countryside and I have a full time job, so I find that shopping online saves me a lot of time; nevertheless I love browsing through markets wherever in the world I happen to be travelling.
What blogging trends are you enjoying at the minute?
I don’t follow blogging trends. I just relate what I’ve successfully cooked with ease, or what has piqued by curiosity.
What’s the most unusual restaurant you have ever eaten at?
The most unusual restaurant I have ever eaten at was Synaesthesia by Kitchen Theory.
If you had to eat one country’s traditional dish for a year, what would it be?
I couldn’t begin to chose just one country’s traditional dish for my ‘eat for a year’ selection – it would be a close-run thing between Turkish pilaf, Italian risotto, British roast beef, French boeuf bourgignon, Swedish meatballs, Swiss rösti, Canadian chocolate chip cookies, New Orleans Jambalaya.
Finish this sentence: For me, the ultimate food heaven is … What’s your idea of food hell?
Food heaven is a hamburger made out of fillet steak… Food hell is McDonalds.
Who are your favourite celebrity chefs?
I don’t watch television but I have three favourite food writers: Heston Blumenthal for his interest in the science behind food and his delighted creativity; Nigella Lawson for the practical ease of her recipes; and Nigel Slater for his conceptual approach to cooking as opposed to slavish adherence to exact measurements or specific ingredients.
Do you have a favourite kitchen tool or appliance?
My favourite kitchen tool is my uncle’s old cast iron pancake pan which I also use for dry frying. On my wish-list is a vintage cut glass cocktail shaker and a trip to Brazil.
What other influences or interests would you say make for a great food blog?
There are so many factors which contribute to a blog being successful, but one of the most important aspects must be the visual impact. Since taking up blogging I put more effort into making food look really alluring.
I believe that cooking should be put in context with other art forms – music, literature, films. I don’t mean this in a pretentious way – it’s just that eating and drinking is one of many ways of raising life above the mundane – and taken together – cooking something wonderful, inhaling the scent of just-crushed Indonesian long pepper and listening to Mozart… or Led Zeppelin, all these experiences serve to reinforce each other!
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